Update on the ECFA Commission –announcement of membership and overall approach

ECFA has announced the membership of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations. This is the task force ECFA has assembled to provide feedback requested by U.S. Sen. Grassley.

Click here for my previous comments on the commission, which provides general background.

A list of the 13 official members and two ex officio members can be found here, along with descriptions of their background.  An impressive membership roster.

The overall approach the commission will take is pictured here, along with an explanation of each of the major components. They plan together a large volume of input from a variety of directions.

One component is the Panel of Religious Sector Representatives.  This will draw in a representative from up to 30 different organizations to provide feedback. The goal is to gather input from a broader base than the immediate ECFA constituency.  The value of feedback to the senator will increase tremendously if very broad input can be gained to the commission’s discussions.

I really hope the commission will draw input from representatives of the wider Protestant community along with the Roman Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities.  The veiled threat of heavy regulation would affect all people of faith, regardless of where they worship.

Click here for the commission’s website, which includes links to many of the documents behind the Senate’s concerns.

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